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Champions Trophy 2017: Ajinkya Rahane confident of India's chances of defending title

London: India's senior batsman Ajinkya Rahane is confident that if the play to their potential then they will be able to defend the Champions Trophy won in 2013.

"It (Champions Trophy) will be a great challenge. Each and every team has a great combination but if we can play to your potential, I am sure we will do well," Rahane told BCCI.TV after the team's practice session at the Lord's ground.

Virat Kohli's deputy stated that the mood in the dressing room has been upbeat after a good practice session at the 'Home of Cricket'.

India's batsman Ajinkya Rahane plays a shot during the fourth one day international (ODI) match between India and New Zealand at The Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) stadium complex in Ranchi on October 26, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / SAJJAD HUSSAIN / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE----- / GETTYOUT

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"Mood (in the dressing room) has been really good. We had a fantastic first practice session. The boys are having fun on the tour. It is important to have fun, gell together, enjoy each other's success. A lot of boys are getting a feel of this ground and it's great culture for the first time," said Rahane.

For Rahane, training at the Lord's became extra special as his best Test hundred came at the 'Mecca of Cricket' in a winning cause.

"It always feels really good to be back at Lord's. We have got good memories. Getting a hundred, winning a Test match and felt so happy finding my name on that Honours Board along with legends such as Rahul bhai (Dravid) and Dilip Vengsarkar. Every time, I enter Lord's, I get a positive vibe, walking through that Long Room, looking at the photographs of the legends," he said.


Published Date: May 28, 2017 09:30 AM | Updated Date: May 29, 2017 14:04 PM

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